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IN BRIEF - Aquaculture: protecting precious resources

Friday, May 19, 2017

Any doubt about the devastating impact sea lice levels can have on wild salmon and sea trout stocks will have been swept away by a report from Inland Fisheries Ireland that envisages an “extinction vortex” in salmon farming areas in the absence of remedial action.

Published by Samuel Shephard and Patrick Gargan and based on 26 years of statistics from the Erriff River that flows into Killary harbour on the Mayo/Galway border, the report finds that elevated lice levels have reduced annual returns of wild fish by some 50 per cent. Rising sea temperatures and other factors are also limiting survival rates but salmon farms are the biggest threat.

Initially, it was thought that lice infestation on salmon farms only affected sea trout stocks. But falling wild salmon numbers, in spite of a ban on drift netting, tells a different story.

Source: Irish Times

IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest | Northern Harvest update: No-Action Letter from the Canadian Competition Bureau

Friday, June 22, 2018

With reference to the stock exchange announcement on 22 December 2017 and the acquisition of Northern Harvest.

Marine Harvest is pleased to announce that we have obtained a No-Action Letter from the Canadian Competition Bureau regarding our acquisition of Northern Harvest. This means that we can proceed with closing the transaction.

IN BRIEF - Wyred for success: Scottish salmon farm wins top M&S accolade

Friday, June 22, 2018

M&S has named Scottish Sea Farms’ team at Wyre, Orkney as its Outstanding Producer of the year in the Farming for the Future Awards 2018.

The 1,909-tonne capacity farm, which was established by Scottish Sea Farms in 2015 to help meet the growing demand for responsibly farmed salmon including M&S Lochmuir salmon, differs from most other farms in that it performs a special dual role.

Not only does it rear its own salmon from smolt to adulthood, but it also acts as a nursery for young salmon headed to neighbouring Eday where conditions are more tidal. Only once the salmon are large enough to thrive in the strong tidal flow are they transferred out to Eday.

IN BRIEF - Deep-Sea Corals Win Protection in Gulf of Mexico

Friday, June 22, 2018

Gulf of Mexico deep-sea corals won protections today in a first-of-its-kind plan to safeguard some of the region’s coral hot spots and restrict damaging fishing gear in most of those areas.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, which governs fishing in the Gulf’s federal waters, unanimously approved the measure at its meeting in Key West, Fla.

These safeguards mark a major milestone in protecting ancient, fragile coral ecosystems that provide food, shelter, and breeding grounds for wildlife ranging from sharks and crabs to fish such as snapper and grouper. The council has recognized these corals as valuable habitat that plays an important role in the health and vitality of the Gulf of Mexico.

The council designated 21 sites totaling 484 square miles (more than twice the size of New Orleans) as Habitat Areas of Particular Concern—a status that highlights priority areas for conservation, management, and research efforts. It also allows the council to recommend measures to avoid, mitigate, or offset any adverse impacts from activities authorized by federal or state agencies at these sites, including oil and gas exploration and drilling. In  most of the new areas, the council restricted damaging fishing gear, such as trawls, traps, anchors, and longlines, which can break or smother corals. Trolling and other hook-and-line fishing will still be allowed, because those methods do not normally affect the deep ocean floor where these corals live.

By Holly Binns

IN BRIEF - Grimsby's Young's Seafood to lose huge GBP 30 m Asda contract

Friday, June 22, 2018

Grimsby's Young’s Seafood has been dealt a shock blow by Asda, after it was told it is to lose GBP 30 million of business from the supermarket giant.

The contract merry-go-round appears to have struck the Ross House team, with whitefish and prawn own-label work understood to be involved.

Once again, one Grimsby firm’s loss appears to be picked up by another, such is the strength of the cluster, with New England Seafood International reported to be lined up for the cod and haddock business.

Source: Grimsby News

IN BRIEF - SalMar - Purchase of increased capacity following auction of new aquaculture licences

Friday, June 22, 2018

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries' auction of new aquaculture licences closed today. 

At the auction, SalMar bought a total capacity of 2 132 tonnes MAB (maximum allowed biomass) for a total of NOK 363.1 million. 443 tonnes of the acquired capacity is in production area 7, with a total consideration of NOK 92.5 million. The remaining volume,1 689 tonnes, is distributed between the production areas 10 to 13, with a total consideration of NOK 270.6 million.

Source: Globenewswire

IN BRIEF - B.C. sets deadline for Indigenous salmon farm consent

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The B.C. government has imposed new conditions on ocean-based salmon farms, requiring them to have agreements with “relevant” Indigenous communities to have their provincial land tenures continued.

The new provincial regulations are to take effect by 2022, B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said Wednesday, the day a group of provincial tenures expire. Those tenures will carry on month-to-month until new conditions are met.

A second new condition is that Fisheries and Oceans Canada give assurances that wild salmon runs are protected from salmon farms. The federal government has the bulk of responsibility for ocean-based aquaculture on all coasts of Canada, including assessing risk for disease and parasite transmission.

Source: Sea Observer

IN BRIEF - Icicle Seafoods brings Julianne Curry onboard as Public Affairs Manager

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Seattle – Icicle Seafoods, Inc. is pleased to announce that Julianne Curry, a fourth-generation family fisherman and advocate for the Alaska seafood industry, has been named the company’s Public Affairs Manager.

“Julianne was born and raised in Petersburg, Alaska, where Icicle also has deep roots,” said John Woodruff, Chief Operating Officer at Icicle Seafoods. “As a long-term resident of the area and a third generation Icicle fisherman, she is in tune with the state’s fishing sector and with Icicle Seafoods and its impressive history in the region. We are confident that Julianne will do a tremendous job and will quickly help advance the company.”

Based in Petersburg, Ms. Curry will focus on regulatory and policy matters, government and community relations and will work collaboratively with her Alaska seafood colleagues on strategic planning efforts that will positively impact the sector.

Press Release: Icicle Seafoods

IN BRIEF - Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Biennial Specifications

Thursday, June 21, 2018

This final rule implements annual harvest specifications and management measures to establish allowable catch levels for Pacific mackerel for the fishing years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

The harvest guideline (HG) and annual catch target (ACT) for the 2017-2018 fishing year are 26,293 metric tons (mt) and 25,293 mt, respectively. The HG and ACT for the 2018-2019 fishing year are 23,840 mt and 22,840 mt, respectively.

The ACT serves as the primary directed commercial harvest quotas. If the fishery attains the ACT in either fishing year, the directed fishery will close, reserving the difference between the HG and ACT as a 1,000 mt set-aside for incidental landings in other fisheries. If the HG is reached, all retention would be prohibited through the end of the fishing year. This rule is intended to conserve and manage the Pacific mackerel stock off the U.S. West Coast.

Source: Federal Register

EN BREVE - Canary Islands one-by-one tuna fishermen become part of the IPNLF Member network

Thursday, June 21, 2018

LONDON - Organización de Productores de Túnidos y Pesca Fresca (Optuna No 42), the non-profit tuna producer organisation based on the island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands has become the latest Member of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit association that is committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains. Optuna No 42 represents the interests of the historic pole-and-line tuna fishery of the Canary Islands, which has been supporting local fishermen and coastal communities in the region for more than 100 years.

Optuna No 42 was founded in 1991 by 21 pole-and-line fishers to safeguard the future of the fishery and to improve the commercialisation of its members’ tuna catches. Its membership is predominantly comprised of six pole-and-line tuna vessels, each between 24 and 34 metres in length and carrying 12 crew. Additional support is provided by boats from Fuerteventura, La Graciosa and Puerto del Carmen, among others.

The organisation is governed by a general assembly and a board of directors. Fishing effort is coordinated by the board, which sends out vessels and also keeps a live record of the catches throughout the fishing season. Returns are evenly divided among all fishers from the fleet, regardless of the vessels’ specific catches. As well as supplying the local market, one-by-one tuna products are shipped twice a week to Spain.

Press Release: IPNLF

IN BRIEF - Thailand banks on tech to end slavery at sea as workers push for rights

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Some would start murmuring or laughing to themselves as they worked day and night in Indonesian waters on the cramped boat, often surviving on fish they caught and drinking water leaking from an onboard freezer.

“It was like a floating prison - actually, worse than prison,” the Burmese fisherman, who was sold into slavery, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in Samut Sakhon, a Thai fishing hub some 40 km (25 miles) southwest of the capital Bangkok.

The 36-year-old, who was rescued in 2015 after losing four fingers and being stranded on a remote island for years without pay, is now lobbying for fishermen’s rights with the Thai and Migrant Fishers Union Group (TMFG).

Source: Reuters

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European Union
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Spanish tuna fleet offers EC to use responsible fishing standard
United States
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Fire causes serious damage to processing plant

SeaPak joins the Global Seafood Initiative platform
United States SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Company a leading firm in the retail market of frozen shrimp in the United States, has joined the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative platform as a funding partner.
NASCO adopts measures to protect salmon around the Faroe Islands and off West Greenland
European Union The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation has adopted new regulatory measures to protect salmon stocks around the Faroe Islands and off West Greenland.
China's retaliatory tariffs concern Alaska seafood entrepreneurs and legislators
United States Alaska’s seafood industry officials and legislators have expressed concern about the possible negative effects additional export tariffs from China may have on the state’s seafood economy as a retaliation due to the measures set by the American Government.
Fishing deal with China would settle maritime dispute
Philippines A joint fishing agreement reportedly being discussed between China and the Philippines is deemed a significant step forward in the relations between the two countries after an old maritime sovereignty dispute.
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